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Welcome back everyone! I hope you had a great weekend. I personally worked a lot this weekend, but I was still able to sneak some time in with friends and family.
Everyone knows how much I love a giveaway here on my blog. This giveaway though is something extra special and very dear to my heart for a few reasons. First, this is the first clothing giveaway I have done here on the blog with a strictly plus size store. Second, I couldn’t be happier to say that it’s with City Chic. I have said many times they are one of my favorite plus size stores to shop and how I love their customer service. And to top it all off they are being super generous and are giving two of you dear readers $250 gift vouchers.
I have shared a lot of looks from City Chic over the last few years. As a matter of fact if you have been following my #AllDressApril journey, then you know that I also have shared a few this month. And I have a few more planned for later this month too, so keep watching for great ideas of what to purchase from City Chic. But I thought instead of making you search through all of my posts looking for City Chic pieces, I put together a little lookbook for you to see here.
Rainbow Robin Dress
Hot Summer Days Printed Chiffon Maxi Dress
Kitty Kat Top
Spliced Skater Dress
Lace Up Stripe Sleeveless Dress
Faux Fur Vest
Paris Date Peplum Top
Baby Peplum Top
This is really just the tip of the iceberg of what I have from City Chic. And I will be showing much more this month on my Instagram for #AllDressApril. So if you want to see what other dresses from City Chic look like on a plus size body, make sure you check out my Instagram feed.
A Few Notes About Entering The Giveaway:
Please note that the giveaway is open to US and Canada residents only.
The first three entries are required, if you do not complete all of the first three entries (and they must be done correctly) you will not be entered in the giveaway. All other entries are optional but will give you extra chances to win.
There will be a couple of extra entry options added a couple of days after the giveaway begins as well as options to Tweet every day. So if you are seeing this on the first day, make sure you check back for extra entries.
In the past people have been confused about where to leave the blog comment. You must leave it in the comment section on the actual blog post (not one of the pages the blog feed appears on). Also the Rafflecopter box is not where you comment, you must scroll to the bottom of the blog post to find the comment section. In the Rafflecopter box you only need to post done or your name or something so that it counts you as posting a comment.
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Last day to enter will be 4/30/17. Winners will be announced on various social media accounts as well as here on the Rafflecopter box on 5/1/17. Winners will have 48 hours to claim their prize. If winners do not claim their prizes within 48 hours a new winner or winners will be drawn.
Prizes will be distributed by City Chic.
Good Luck Everyone!
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So a few weeks ago two lovely ladies approached me with an offer. LuLaRoe representatives Jessica Bartell and Beckie McGonagle contacted me and asked me if I would like to try some clothing from LuLaRoe and do a review and giveaway. I had never had a chance to try LuLaRoe before, and if there are two things you guys have learned about me by now you should know how much I love trying out new brands to share and giveaways. So of course I said yes. If you want to learn more about their LuLaRoe business you can find them on their main Facebook Page and you can also ask to join their VIP Shopping Group.
While I had not had a chance to try out LuLaRoe before I had heard a bit about them, but I found there was quite a bit I did not know. Actually I am pretty sure there is still a lot I don’t know. But for those of you who are completely new to LuLaRoe I will share what I can to help you understand more about them. The majority of buying opportunities you will have come through what they call pop up shops. They are essentially like Tupperware parties, but with clothes. You get the opportunity to try on different pieces and see what fits you. However some consultants have ways for you to buy online like Jessica and Beckie do. I am told that each pattern that is created is only made in 5,000 pieces to assure that you don’t see a bunch of people wearing the same thing that you are. And each consultant has different pieces and patterns to choose from.
But back to the main story. Beckie and Jessica sent me some size charts and I consulted some people that had previously tried on LuLaRoe. After much deliberation I decided on the sizes I thought would fit me best. I will make sure to share the size charts with you all along with the items I tried. I will say this was the one area I found most difficult as their size charts are not measurement based but instead based on sizes. This worked fine for two of the three pieces I was sent, but if I had not spoken to other people who had worn the clothing I probably would have ended up with the wrong size in the third piece. This is not really a problem for most people who have had a chance to try them on in person at parties, but as I said I had no had a chance to try LuLaRoe before.
I was sent three pieces to try. I was sent The Perfect T, The Leggings, and The Nicole Dress. In the tee I chose the XL, in the leggings I got the Tall & Curvy size, and for the Nicole Dress I went with the 2XL. For comparison my usual size in most traditional plus size stores like Torrid and Lane Bryant is a 2X or a 20W. My measurements are Bust: 49″ Waist: 42″ and Hips: 54″. And I wear a 40DDD/G bra depends on the brand and how its made.
First lets take a look at the dress. I was sent the Nicole dress. And I tried this in the 2XL. This is the item that I was glad I consulted someone else about sizing rather than going by the size guide provided. If you want to see a size chart for the Nicole Dress click here.
There is so much I love about this dress. The color, pattern, style, those are all me. My one and only complaint about this dress is not really a big thing. Its really just the fabric. In general the fabric is okay, I don’t think it feels bad or anything. Its just a textured fabric. Lots of places have it right now. It seems to be very in. I really avoid it mainly because I have long haired cats. Their hair tends to grip onto this type of fabric like a vice. However I did ask questions, and I was assured that all of their dresses, tops, and skirts come in multiple fabric choices. I would definitely want to take a look at items they have in some other fabrics. But overall I would rate this four stars out of five.
Next lets take a look at the two separates I was sent, the Perfect T and the Leggings. I got the Perfect T in a size XL and you can see the size chart here. And the Leggings I tried in the Tall & Curvy size. You can see the Leggings size chart here. With these two items I wanted to show you them paired together (which I assume they were in a way intended for me to try them that way) and separately as I would actually use them.
First let’s look at the two pieces together, and then I will give you my thoughts on the items and show them styled separately.
When I took the Perfect T out of the package, I have to be honest and say I was a little apprehensive. The pattern was okay, but the colors just didn’t appeal to me offhand and the cut I was just sure was going to make me look one to two size larger than I am. I have had similar cuts that always seem to make me look pregnant. But this is why I always encourage people to try things on even if its something that is outside of your comfort zone or something you think isn’t your color or cut. You just never know till you try. So once I put it on I really loved the top. It is probably my favorite thing sent. It is both comfortable and figure flattering. I could definitely see myself purchasing more of these in the future. Overall I would rate the Perfect T five out of five stars.
The Leggings I feel a little more torn about and I will have to explain to you why. How many times have you heard those online arguments about whether leggings should be worn as pants or not? Most of those arguments arise because there are actually two types of leggings in the world. There are leggings like this which once they are on thin out and slight hints of your skin are visible, and then there are thicker fully opaque leggings. This particular type I personally would never wear out in public as actual pants, and I sometimes have a hard time even considering them leggings, to me they are more like footless tights. I wear them more in the fall and winter under skirts and dresses. I also think they are a little long in the leg for me. So I don’t dislike them, that is not the issue. I think if I view them as footless tights I would probably give them four stars out of five, but if I think of them as actual leggings I would have to make it more like three stars out of five. But again, with the exception of the length these are really more about personal preferences. Nothing bad to report about these.
Now I want to share with you how I would actually style these two pieces separately.
I think the most obvious thing is that the colors look so much different paired with these other clothes. And its not one of those things where it looks different because of the lighting. It looked different in person as well, even inside.
Overall, I have to say my first impressions of LuLaRoe are good. I want to say thank you so much to both Jessica and Beckie. I know it is incredibly hard to pick out clothing to try and suit other people’s tastes, especially when you don’t know them. I personally have tried a couple of those styling boxes where they pick out clothing for you and have never had success. These two ladies did a much better job in the first try.
Now on to the fun stuff, the Giveaway!
These two ladies want to give one of my lucky readers a $50 gift card. So yay!! The gift card is only usable with specifically them, and the giveaway is only available to residents of the US or APO addresses outside the US.
As usual there are a couple of required tasks you must complete to be entered, but there are also lots of other tasks that are optional to help you earn extra entries.
Entry to the giveaway will end on December 12 at midnight. After verification of entry the winner will be contacted no later than December 14th. The winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize, if at that time the prize is not claimed we will move to the next name drawn.
Attention: Just a note, with previous giveaways there has been confusion regarding where to comment. The comments must be left at the bottom of this page, not in the Rafflecopter box. In the Rafflecopter box you only need to say something like commented or done. You are also welcome to copy the same comment you left on this page, but it isn’t necessary.
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Guess what time it is, that’s right it’s giveaway time!
I have been trying to do this giveaway all summer and now that I finally have everything in hand I finally can. If you have been with me for any amount of time you know I do a giveaway about once a year. The two previous years we have had a jewelry and accessories giveaway, and a cosmetics giveaway. This year is Korean skin care, which should come at no surprise. Just like previous years, this is not a sponsored giveaway. These items were all procured by me.
The entry to the giveaway will be open for two weeks, and you have many different ways to get entries to the giveaway. There are just a few rules this year. You may only win one prize. So if I draw your name as a winner and then draw your name again that second win will not be valid. US residents only may participate. I am sorry, I would like to include everyone, but since this is out my own pocket including the mailing cost I can not afford to send out packages over seas. You must be at least 18 years old to enter and win. The giveaway closes at 12:00 AM EST on 8/28. Winners will be contacted by 6 PM at the latest on 8/28, and they will have 2 days to respond before a new name is drawn. All prizes will be mailed out on 9/4.
So now that we know how its going to work this year, lets take a look at what we all are here for:
Prize Pack #1:
June’s BB Bag from Beauteque. – I got an extra BB Bag for June just for this giveaway, and its a good one too. Every month’s BB Bag has a theme, and June’s was “Beauteque’s Beauty Treats – Desert For Your Skin”. As you can see one item didn’t fit in the bag, and that is the super popular Black Sugar Mask from Skinfood. But that bag is filled with other great items. I am not going to list them because if you don’t already get this service I don’t want to spoil it for you. Half the fun is opening the bag and finding out what all the surprises are.
Prize Pack #2
The person who wins this pack gets a full size Lemon D-TOC Peeling Gel from Secret Key as well as a large pack of masks that I picked out. These are all some of my favorite masks of all time, some of which I haven’t been able to find recently.
The masks included are :
- MediHeal Ade Cacao
- Mediheal Pumpkin-ade Mask
- Esfolio Milk Essence Mask Sheet
- Esfolio Banana Essence Mask Sheet
- Esfolio Egg Essence Mask Sheet
- Freeset Donkey Milk Hydrogel Mask Pack – Aqua
- Skinfood Beauty In A Food Mask – Rice
- Skinfood Beauty In A Food Mask – Black Bean
- PureDerm Vital Radiance Hair Mask – Honey
- PureDerm Vital Radiance Hair Mask – Jojoba Oil
Prize Pack #3
The person who wins this pack gets a full size Lemon D-TOC Peeling Gel from Secret Key, a full size All Day Fine Pore Toner from Scinic, and a selection of popular sheet masks from Korea.
The sheet masks included are:
- Tony Moly I’m Real Mask Sheet – Lemon
- The Face Shop Intense MasCream Sheet – Brightening
- Esfolio Red Ginseng Essence Mask Sheet
- FaceQ Pearl Brightening Mask Individual
- Tsaio Green Tea Whitening Mask Sheet
- Tsaio Deep Moisturizing Mask Sheet
To enter just sign into the Rafflecopter just below here. Only the first item is mandatory to enter. Everything else is optional to receive bonus entries. Good luck everyone.
* There seems to be some confusion for a couple of folks. The area to leave a blog post comment is at the very bottom of the page, not in the rafflecopter box. In the raffle copter box you just need to type something like yes or done to identify that you did the task. If there isn’t a comment on the actual page your entry won’t count.
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So my much talked about and awaited (and unfortunately delayed) cosmetics giveaway is finally here. First I want to say, as much as I would have liked to have had some sponsored items to giveaway, I was not able to arrange it for this particular one. It may still happen in the near future, but just not now. So what does that mean? It simply means instead of the companies sending me some things to give you, I footed the bill for this giveaway. Why? Because I really think giveaways are fun, and its a way for me to do something nice for you, my readers.
Now, lets get down to what brought us all here, the giveaway. Here are the details on what you can win.
2 Third Prize Winners
will receive the Complete Timey Wimey Set in sample size from Geek Chic Cosmetics.
Geek Chic’s eye shadows are pigment shadows, so this will actually last longer than your average sample if used right.
If you would like to see what’s included in this set click here.
1 Second Place Winner
will receive the following items from Geek Chic Cosmetics:
1 full size Power Up Primer
1 full size Sexy In Suspenders from the Timey Wimey Collection
1 full size Brotherhood of Crows from the Win or Die Collection
1 full size Victory Tour from the Ever In Your Favor Collection.
1 Grand Prize Winner
will receive everything the second place winner received plus:
1 bottle of Manic Panic’s Glam Glue
1 Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Roman Holiday
1 small black Z-Palette from Makeup Geek.
1 Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow Pan in In The Spotlight
1 Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow Pan in Pegasus
Simply enter below by following the instructions in the Rafflecopter box. You will have chances to earn extra entries all week. Prizes will be drawn on the evening of Friday June the 12, with an official announcement on Saturday. All winning entries will be confirmed before announced as winners.
ATTENTION: Please be aware the rafflecopter box below will ask you to sign in to register for the giveaway. This is not the same as signing up to comment on the blog. To leave a blog post comment, please scroll to the bottom of the page and choose a sign in method. Then leave a comment in the comment box.
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Grand Prize Winner – Nikki Hill
Second Prize Winner – Zoe Taylor Rose
Third Prize Winners – Lyndsie Klein-Palmer
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